Park Service Determines Woodson Home Suitable and Feasible as a National Historic Site

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Park Service Determines Woodson Home Suitable and Feasible as a National Historic Site


Pursuant to Public Law 106-349 passed by the 106th Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, the National Park Service has completed a Special Resource Study that determined that the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Home was both suitable and feasible for inclusion in the Park System as a National Historic Site. The law was introduced by Member of Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, D.C.) and was supported by ASALH.

Emphasizing the significance of the Woodson Home, the Study concluded that the home provided the opportunity to present Woodson's story, work, and legacy. The Study noted that Woodson used the home for his entire career in which "he championed the importance of African-American history during a time when it was given scant notice by most academic historians." The Study also determined that the Woodson Home offered the opportunity to explore Washington's black middle class of the historic Shaw district where the home is located. The Home's address is 1538 Ninth Street, NW.

The Study points to two primary themes to which Woodson's contributions can be attributed: "Creating Social Institutions and Movements," which focuses on diverse formal and informal structures through which people express values and live their lives and "Expressing Cultural Values," which covers expressions of culture-people's belief about themselves and the world they inhabit. …

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